RECENT ACTIVITY

October 18, 2019

ATMOSFERE by MOONCHY & TOBIAS

Vocal by Pat Moonchy/ Music by Todd Tobias

The follow up to Moonchy & Tobias' 2018

psychedelic debut, 'Atmosfere is a collection of

pretty, mellow songs all sung in Italian by Pat. 


 

March 2019

SAMSARA by The World Of Dust

Vocal by Stefan Breuer/ Music by Todd Tobias

A shadowy universe of forlorn beauty, this lo-fi bedroom pop experiment is shrouded in elemental imagery and laden with ennui. Intimate and wistful, Samsara mines a similarly rich emotive seam to Mount Eerie, Sparklehorse, Low and Pedro the Lion. 


 

The debut album from the duo of Italian vocalist

Moonchy and American musician Tobias is a darkly

playful psychedelic ride through ever-changing

musical landscapes.


 

Moonchy & Tobias front cover with Japane

November 2018

MOONCHY & TOBIAS

Vocal by Pat Moonchy/ Music by Todd Tobias


 

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From hiddenshoal.com:

Musician Todd Tobias (USA) and vocalist Chloë March (England) have joined to create 'Amialluma'; an album that dances between the earthly and heavenly. Inspired by a mythical story outlined by Tobias, with each piece of music marking a chapter in the tale, vocalist March entered a process of improvisation and developed a lyrical world of word-invention sung into archaic lullabies. The theme centers around a child’s journey from the safety of its mother’s arms through an ancient, shadowy world. Overcoming fear and meeting with otherworldly guides, the child finds independence and reveals a deep connection with nature.
 

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September 2018

AMIALLUMA

Vocal by Chloe March/ Music by Todd Tobias


 

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In 2012,

at the age of 45, Todd released his first album (titled Medicine Show) on Australia's Hidden Shoal label.

Prior to 2012, Todd had been under way as a musician and producer, collaborating with Robert Pollard and brother Tim Tobias in a variety of bands and projects (see discography below). In 2014, Todd's second album Impossible Cities was jointly released by Hidden Shoal and Tiny Room Records based in The Netherlands. Since then Todd been on the artist roster at both labels. Todd's aim as a musician is to make cinema for the ears. Each of Todd's albums is marked by a theme or distinct atmosphere and set of moods. Styles range from sleepy ambient to high energy rock.  

"My approach to music is grounded in analog textures as opposed to generating sounds electronically. For example I will rarely use a synthesizer, but will always use real drums and real percussive instruments. When sampling, I try to stick with homemade sources or else sources taken from analog recordings - usually vintage recordings.  My hope is that this musically organic approach will serve to offer listeners a unique and uncanny listening experience." 

Todd Tobias as instrumental artist (2012 - present)

Soundtracks to (mostly) make-believe movies and instrumental concept albums ranging in style from ambient to rock. All titles are available for download or on CD at bandcamp.com

 

Todd Tobias as collaborator (2004 - present)

2018 - 2019: Moonchy & Tobias - duo with Pat Moonchy, Italian vocalist and songwriter (Moonchy & Tobias (self-titled), Atmosfere 

2016 / 2018  With Chloe March, English vocalist and songwriter (Gila Man, Amialluma)

2015 / 2019   The World of Dust - with Stefan Breuer, Dutch vocalist and songwriter (albums: Womb RealmSamsara)

2008 - 2014  Brother Earth - duo with American vocalist and songwriter Steve Five.

2006 - 2007  Psycho & The Birds - with Robert Pollard 

2004 - 2011 Clouds Forming Crowns - with brother Tim Tobias

 

CIRCUS DEVILS  (2001-2017) 

As one-third of the psychedelic freak-rock trio founded by Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), I co-wrote over 270 songs with Pollard and brother Tim Tobias. For an in-depth exploration of the psychedelic worlds of CIRCUS DEVILS, see the e-book Circus Devils: See You Inside

As performer/producer

2004 - 2015 Robert Pollard - I produced and performed on multiple Pollard releases

2002 - 2012  I produced several albums for Robert Pollard's band, the indie rock pioneers Guided By Voices

2015  Ricked Wicky - I played bass guitar on three releases by the Robert Pollard-fronted band

Other artists Todd has produced include Kramies, The Celebrity Pilots,  The Library Is On Fire, and The Flower Machine.

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In 2001, Robert Pollard, along with Todd and brother Tim Tobias formed the psychedelic rock band Circus Devils, which served as a musical training ground for Todd. After 10 years in Circus Devils Todd was ready to begin branching out on his own, inspired by Pollard's method of giving each Circus Devils album its own distinct story-world and set of characters.

Todd Tobias discography  as

composer / performer

(album titles link to Bandcamp and Spotify)

Todd Tobias discography as

performer/producer

(album titles link to Spotify)

 

2019

The World Of Dust - SAMSARA

Moonchy & Tobias - ATMOSFERE

 

2018

Moonchy & Tobias - MOONCHY & TOBIAS

Todd Tobias & Chloe March - AMIALLUMA

Todd Tobias - MASSABU Evening Entertainments

2017

Circus Devils - LAUGHS LAST

2016

Todd Tobias - GILA MAN

2015

Todd Tobias - TRISTES TROPIQUES

Todd Tobias - MOOREA

Circus Devils - STOMPING GROUNDS

2014

Todd Tobias - IMPOSSIBLE CITIES

Todd Tobias - IMPOSSIBLE CITIES 2

Circus Devils - ESCAPE

Brother Earth - POSITIVE HAYWIRES (compilation)

2013

Todd Tobias & Circus Devils - I RAZOR

Circus Devils - WHEN MACHINES ATTACK

Circus Devils - MY MIND HAS SEEN THE WHITE TRICK

2012

Todd Tobias - MEDICINE SHOW

Todd Tobias - NIGHT ABOVE GROUND

Brother Earth - BROTHER EARTH III

2011

Circus Devils - CAPSIZED!

Clouds Forming Crowns - ALLOWING THUNDERHEAD

Brother Earth - PAJAMA PARTY

2010

Circus Devils - MOTHER SKINNY

Clouds Forming Crowns - OUIJA BOARD TAXMAN

2009

Circus Devils - GRINGO

2008

Circus Devils - ATAXIA

Brother Earth - WEST BRANCH

2007

Circus Devils - SGT. DISCO

2006

Clouds Forming Crowns - RACE TO THE BLACKOUT

2005

Circus Devils - FIVE

Clouds Forming Crowns - SELF-TITLED

2004

Circus Devils - PINBALL MARS

Clouds Forming Crowns - ALL THE PHARMACIES

2002

Circus Devils - THE HAROLD PIG MEMORIAL

2001

Circus Devils - RINGWORM INTERIORS

2015
Robert PollardFAULTY SUPERHEROES 
The World Of Dust - WOMB REALM (keyboards, samples)
The Flower Machine - TANGERINES AND OPIUM TREES

Ricked Wicky - I SELL THE CIRCUS (bass guitar)

Ricked Wicky - SWIMMER TO A LIQUID ARMCHAIR (bass guitar)

Ricked Wicky - KING HEAVY METAL (bass guitar)

2013

Robert Pollard - BLAZING GENTLEMEN

Robert Pollard - HONEY LOCUST HONKY TONK
Kramies - THE WOODEN HEART
King Pedestrian - KING PEDESTRIAN

2012
Robert Pollard - JACK SELLS THE COW 
Robert Pollard - MOUSEMAN CLOUD 
Guided by VoicesTHE BEARS FOR LUNCH 
Guided by Voices - CLASS CLOWN SPOTS A UFO ( 2 tracks)
Kramies THE EUROPEAN
The No Real Need - NONLOCAL MOTIVES
Scarcity Of Tanks - OHIO CAPTIVES
Johnny Render - RENDERVOUX

2011

Robert Pollard - LORD OF THE BIRDCAGE

Robert Pollard - SPACE CITY KICKS
The Library is on Fire - WORKS ON PAPER

The May Bees - SAINT DENIS
The Flower Machine - LAVENDER LANE

2010

Robert Pollard - MOSES ON A SNAIL

Robert Pollard - WE ALL GOT OUT OF THE ARMY
The Celebrity Pilots - HAWKS OF THE LESSER ANTILLES 
The Library is on Fire - MAGIC WINDOWS, MAGIC NIGHTS
Hospital garden - HOSPITAL GARDEN

2009

Robert Pollard - THE CRAWLING DISTANCE

Robert Pollard - ELEPHANT JOKES
The Sleeptalkers - BACK TO EARTH
Kramies - CASTLE OF GHOSTS
The No Real Need - THISTLES WHERE WE SLEPT
Ceiling Star - NEW ADVANCES IN THE FIELD OF OBSCOLESCENSE

2008

Robert Pollard - ROBERT POLLARD IS OFF TO BUSINESS
Slark Martyr - CAVE IN THE A-FRAME
Kramies - GOLDEN LIKE A NEW THING
The Softrocks - SUMMER APOCALYPSE
The Frozen Hellsicles - OH NO WAIT A MINUTE...
Humphry Clinker - AMONG CUTTING THREADS
Slark Martyr - IMAGINATION AND A PILE OF DIRT

2007

Robert Pollard - STANDARD GARGOYLE DECISIONS
Robert Pollard - COAST TO COAST CARPET OF LOVE
Robert Pollard - SILVERFISH TRIVIA
Psycho and the Birds - WE'VE MOVED
The Celebrity Pilots - SPOOKY ACTION
The Library is on Fire - CASSETTE

George Griggs - TRANSMITTER MAN
Coffinberry - GOD DAMN DOGS
Humphry Clinker - WHAT'S THE STORY WITH THE KNIFE?
The Sorrys - THE LAST CLEAR THOUGHT BEFORE YOU FELL BACKWARDS

2006

Robert Pollard - FROM A COMPOUND EYE

Robert Pollard - NORMAL HAPPINESS
Brian Lisik - HAPPINESS IS BORING
Psycho and the Birds - ALL THAT IS HOLY
Psycho and the Birds - CHECK YOUR ZOO

2005
The Celebrity Pilots - BENEATH THE PAVEMENT A BEACH!
The Moping Swans - LIGHTNING HEAD TO COFFEE POT

2004

Guided by Voices - HALF SMILES OF THE DECOMPOSED
Robert Pollard - FICTION MAN

 

2003

Guided By VoicesEARTHQUAKE GLUE

2002

Guided by VoicesUNIVERSAL TRUTHS AND CYCLES
Guided by Voices - THE PIPE DREAMS OF INSTANT PRINCE WHIPPET